During our October holiday Nick was “working at home” half the time and the rest was an actual holiday. On his days off we decided to do some proper touristy, holiday activities, such as visiting a few châteaux.
The Garden Festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire was due to come to an end so we trotted off to see what was happening before it was too late.
It was one of those beautiful, sunny autumn days when the air is fresh but the sun quite warm. There were lots of other visitors making the most of the good weather and the last chance to see the gardens in all their glory.
We found it all a bit peculiar, I must say. There were huge, imaginative and elaborate garden displays that were apparently supposed to mean an awful lot to some people but we found them slightly crazy and obviously missed the point.
For example, I didn’t quite get the point of these artificial flowers, but can see that they had taken a lot of work!
I quite liked the quirkiness of this wardrobe front over a path. In fact it would make an interesting feature in any garden. Sans the lingerie, of course !!
There were displays with peep-holes that were most inviting. This one caught us out. Each peep-hole was a mirror so all I saw was……me !!
At the risk of sounding grumpy, we also felt the admission charge, €11 euros each for the gardens only, was a bit steep. Many of the plants in the displays were well past their best. As indeed most people’s gardens are by the end of October, but it looked like a lot of it had simply been left without any attention for quite some time and looked very sad. It would have been fairer to charge slightly less than when the exhibits were obviously in their prime a couple of months before.
Having said all that, we would definitely go back another year and possibly splash out on the full tour of the house and garden, treating ourselves to a nice lunch in the grounds as well. More photos soon.
Bon Dimanche !!